PETALING JAYA – Expect Japan’s top singles star Kento Momota to return to the badminton scene in September without any scars on his face and with a renewed determination.
The two-time world champion has literally gone for a facelift while waiting for the badminton season to begin after it was suspended since the All-England in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minor plastic surgery is done to remove the scars after he recovered from a road accident that killed his driver and injured four others while in transit to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, hours after winning the Malaysian Masters in January.
He initially returned to training a month after the accident but had to go for a surgery in Tokyo after complaining of having double vision. Fortunately, though, his problem has been fixed.
Japan’s chief coach Park Joo-bong said the break due to Covid-19 had been a great blessing for Momota.
“He has been training with his club during this period and we’ve been monitoring him. He is in good shape and in fact, he looks more handsome than before, ” said Joo-bong with a smile.